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Join Me In Canada at The Authenticity Conference!

authenticity conference 1  I just recently arrived in Canada to be part of my dear friend and brother Pastor Andy Miller’s Authenticity Conference.

I am so honored and humbled to be able to serve The Life Church and his wonderful people.  Please be in prayer that this conference is a huge success and that many will be impacted by the power and anointing that comes from each speaker and singer!

The conference kicks off tonight with my a friend and mentor that has been instrumental in my life since becoming a Pastor, that is Pastor Dharius Daniels of Kingdom Church, Ewing, NJ, and guest artist Isaac Carree!!

Standing on The Rock!
Pastor Derrick Phillips

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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Uncategorized


Take Off The Mask!

maskIf we are real honest with ourselves, , most people have never confronted their own issues.

Just like the woman at the well whom Jesus talks to in John 4, people are willing to discuss superficiality and stuff that has nothing to do with their lives than to be real with themselves or others.

People tend to live in a crowd; they have never met themselves. In fact it is possible to get so lost in what the people around you want that you never really know who you are or what you want.

The woman at the well is so confused that she is no longer bothered with the covenant of marriage; she just wants someone to be there for her, to accept and enjoy and love her. We are all pre-programmed to want that.Your sexuality is so strong within your makeup. It will get you to do the most irrational thing.

Like this woman Christians have been preached at so much but it is still not working because they have never been taught the principles of how to make relationships work. Consequently they are spiritual in church, but as soon as they get out the doors they are looking for a way to meet their relationship needs. They have a spiritual life, and then they have a secret life.

But real love is not about meeting someone in a bar and cracking a few jokes together and feeling like there is some kind of connection. It is far more than that. If you settle for that you are in danger of bringing her home but then realizing that you actually don’t like her that much once you get to know her.

Men, you are not really in love with a woman until you look at her and your first instinct is to take care of her. If your first thought is to use her, you are a charlatan.Ladies, you are not in love if your need for company and affirmation is crying out to you so loudly that you will say yes to any man who pays you attention.  You are more brilliant and intelligent than that!

Give yourself permission to learn about every area of your life and decide to take off your mask and go for the real thing. You will be so blessed by what God will do!

Pastor Derrick Phillips

Prayer:  Father, today in the name of Jesus, I pray for every person that is reading this and needs to take the mask off of their life and live genuinely and authentically.  I pray today that you will give them the strength to seize this day and move forward!  Amen!

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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


Get Rid of ‘Em!

Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended. Proverbs 22:10

Today’s thought: Get Rid of ‘Em!!  There is a quality that ninety-nine out of a hundred people want in their lives, peace. They want to be at a place where there is more calm and less calamity. They want to be in a state where there is more quiet and less quarreling. They want to be in a state where there is more friendship than fighting. Most of us simply operate better in our personal and business lives when there is peace in our lives. We can be more productive, inspired and motivated because we can focus on what we have to get done as opposed to what we have to get done and the ancillary battles going on around us. Peace is a key factor to productivity.

While 99% of us want peace we struggle to find it. That is where the 1% come in. Believe it or not there is a portion of the population that does not want to be at peace but only do well when at war. These are the people who are always in some sort of battle. They are always in the midst of confusion and strife. Understand that it is not by accident that these people are always in confusion, they choose to be in situations where they can start, revel in and enjoy confusion, calamity and conflict. In short, while you are trying to find peace they are looking to create chaos. The question is what do you do about the 1%. Get rid of them.

If you really want peace in your life you have to get rid of the 1%. If you take a good look at the drama, confusion, strife and conflict in your life you can probably narrow it down to a few people who are always at the root of the issue. No matter if it is your work world, or your personal world, in five minutes you can figure out who the recurring characters are in the middle of every drama that takes hold around you. If you wannabe at peace, throw out the 1%. The scripture says, “Drive out a mocker and strife goes out with them’What you will find is that peace enters your life when you get rid of the people who start the problems. So today drive the 1% out of your life. Stop taking their calls. Don’t answer their texts, emails, or phone calls. you will get the peace that you say you want.  My bottom line:  Get rid of ’em!  Have a wonderful week!

Pastor Derrick Phillips

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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


10 Steps to Setting Your Life on Goals Street!

Good morning!!  I have been in constant prayer over the past few weeks about my life purpose, decisions that I’ve made, the wrong turns, and my future.  I’m a writer, I’m always jotting notes down and I have tons of notebooks, journals, and sheets of paper with revelations and thoughts on how to live the best days of my life now!  A few weeks ago at The Rock Church, which by the way if you’re in the Raleigh-Durham area, we would love for you to come and visit (yes…shameless plug)..i preached about potential.  One of my points was potential without a proper strategy is pointless.  You must have a strategy for acheiving what you know God has planted you on this earth to do.  Why because faith without works is dead!  (James 2:26)

So check out 10 steps to setting the proper goals in your life!

1. Start with Prayer If you set goals in the context of prayer, there is a much higher likelihood that your goals will glorify God, and if they don’t glorify God, then they aren’t worth setting in the first place. So start with prayer.

2. Check your Motives If you set selfish goals, you’d be better off spiritually if you didn’t accomplish them. That’s why you need to check your motives.  This is huge…Ask yourself why you are pursuing what you are pursuing?

3. Think in Categories It is easy to become overwhelmed by all of the ideas, thoughts, and dreams you have.  All of my goals are broken in categories, it is easier to manage various components and not get my circuits overload…and not accomplish anything and feel like a failure: 1) family 2) influential 3) experiential 4) physical, and 5) travel. The obvious omission is a category for spiritual goals, but that is by intention. All of my goals have a spiritual dimension to them.

4. Be Specific If a goal isn’t measurable, you have no way of knowing whether or not you’ve accomplished it. Losing weight isn’t a goal if you don’t have a target weight within a target timeline. (which i’m striving to do!)

5. Write It Down Habakkuk 2, tells us to “write the vision and make it plain…” Writing your goals, vision, dreams, and plans are effective in helping you to build momentum and stay focused! If you haven’t written down your goals, you haven’t really set them. There is something powerful that happens when you verbalize a goal, whether that is in a conversation or in a journal.

6. Include Others I used to have lots of personal goals, but I have replaced most of them with shared goals. Nothing cements a relationship like a shared goal. Goals are relational glue. I’ve discovered that when you go after a goal with another person, it doubles your joy. I say it all the time it’s better if we do it together!

7. Celebrate Along the Way When you accomplish a goal, celebrate it. Whenever you acheive steps along the way to your goal, take time to celebrate.  Don’t be so focused on your destination that you fail to enjoy the journey along the way!

8. Dream Big Your life goal list will include goals that are big and small. It will include goals that are short-term and long-term. But I have one piece of advice: make sure you have a few big, scary, audacious goals that literally scare your socks off!

9. Think Long The sad truth is that most people spend more time planning their summer vacation than they do planning the rest of their life, or planning the details of their wedding than they do the post-honeymoon life. Goal setting is good stewardship. Instead of letting things happen, goals help us make things happen. Instead of living out of memory, goals help us live out of imagination. I choose to live out to the possibility!

10. Pray Hard Dreaming is a form of praying and praying is a form of dreaming. The more you dream, the more you’ll pray. And the more you pray, the more you’ll dream!

I hope this helps and you set the goals of the remaining months of this year!  Remember this year is halfway over.. you still have time to reach your goals!  I’d love for you to comment on this post and share some of your goals in life…I want to pray with you and believe God for the best!

Pastor Derrick Phillips

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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


The Fight is Fixed!

Happy Friday!!  Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” There are times in life that things just get out of hand. We have heard that someone said or did something and we are preparing for the next time we see them. We know what has happened, we know that they are not sorry and we are preparing for the next time we see them. We have started building the speech, the hand gestures, and the body language for the coming encounter to make sure that we win. We have told and retold the event in our heads making sure that we keep the levels of rage and anger at constant boil so that when the opportunity presents itself we will strike and win the battle. The problem is we are often fighting the wrong battle.

In all reality, we must fix the fight to ensure that in essence there is no fight. Many times after a real or perceived offense we are so prepared to redeem ourselves, get revenge and set the record straight that we often miss the big picture. There is little if anything that can be done about what has already happened, the fight we have is for the future. When we have already set ourselves on a trajectory for battle we miss that the other party may have done the same thing. So we now have two entities set on a collision course that will ensure an outcome of destruction. One party, or both parties will be destroyed if the battle that we are preparing for comes to a head. The real battle that we should be fighting is the battle to not have the fight in the first place.  Fix the Fight!

As we head into the weekend, prepare to make sure that we win the fight with ourselves.  The real battle is to stop yourself from starting the fight you are planning. When we come to someone with anger and malice in our hearts it is impossible to find resolution. What we find when we do this is a way to cause anger on both sides to bubble over. If we came with a kind word, it would give the chance for understanding and reconciliation without confrontation. Even if you are both angry an opening, sincere, kind word sets the table for the possibility of getting to truth and harmony as opposed to escalating the conflict from the outset. So today, fight the urge to fight. Win the battle of aggression in your own mind by finding the way to lead with peace, and see the humanity in the other person. By reminding yourself that you are better than lashing out, cussing out, and striking out you give yourself the opportunity to resolve things, not just make them worse.

Pastor Derrick Phillips

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


Give Me Some Advice

Sometimes it seems like everyone has advice for us. No matter who we are, no matter the circumstance, there is always someone willing to tell us exactly what they would do in our situation. They have thought through all of the variables, all the consequences, and all the possible outcomes and know exactly what you should do. Based on their years of expertise, best laid plans and opinions about the world they are the perfect advisor for what you are trying to settle, or are they?

The problem with opinions is that everybody has one. There will never be a shortage of people willing to tell you what they should do, but you have to be careful who you listen to. When people don’t have skin in the game and won’t have to love with the consequences they can sometimes be willing to take greater risks, bigger leaps and become far more reckless since the outcome does not directly effect them, but it will effect you. The question is how do I decide if I should follow the advice that I am getting?

The best way to decide if you should listen to someone’s advice is to consider the source. When you ask someone for their opinion don’t evaluate the decision before you evaluate the person. Someone who is not good with their own finance is not the person to ask for financial advice. Someone who is perpetually in bad relationships is not the person to get dating tips from. Someone who can’t keep a job is not the person to advise you on how to climb the corporate ladder. Many times we ask people for advice because we want someone else to validate a conclusion we have already reached. So we pick someone who will say what we want to hear, so we can do what we want to do with the added comfort of knowing that we aren’t the only person who would make that decision. The best way to get good advice is to ask people who will tell you the truth from their experience not just validate what you want to hear.

Pastor Derrick Phillips

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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


Green With Envy

Happy Friday!  Hope you had a great week!

In my personal devotion and prayer time this week, the scripture in Psalms 37:1, “…..and neither be thou ENVIOUS against those who do wrong” kept coming back to me replaying in my head.  It got me to really thinking about ENVY.  Envy is considered to be one of the Seven deadly sins of the Catholic Church. In the Book of Genesis envy is said to be the motivation behind Cain murdering his brother, Abel, as Cain envied Abel because God favored Abel’s sacrifice over Cain’s.  Envy can derail your drive, focus, and motivation if you let it.

How many of us have heard the old saying, “Green with envy.”  That saying is so true because although envy can’t change your color, if you let it rule you, it changes the essence of who you are.  Coveting what others have going for them is still alive and well. And we’re all susceptible to it. No one is immune. An interesting thought I had, is that it is rare to hear someone preach or teach about the things in our life that are not readily seen (the invisible I call it).

Here are a few things that I’ve learned over the years that will eradicate envy:

1. Recognize and accept your own worth before God and embrace the uniqueness of your gifting. Many times we fail to see our own value and worth because we are focused on others who we are just as gifted and talented as no less but can see it.  Note Paul’s words on this:

Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way – the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn’t you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair? The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.  You are Christ’s body – that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything (1 Corinthians 12:21-27).

2. Remember that you have no idea about the sufferings that the person you’re envying faces behind closed doors. You may want to trade your life for theirs on the surface, but if you knew their problems and sufferings, you’d quickly change your mind and thank God for the life that you have.  We actually could be envying something that would be very painful for us if we were in that person shoes.

3. Reassess what you’re coveting. I hear a lot of young people say things like, “I wish I could preach like he does.” Or, “I wish I could write like she does.” Or, “I wish I had their kind of money.”

By contrast, I’ve heard very few people say things like: “I wish I would witness more like they do” or “Win souls to christ like they do” or “I wish I knew the Lord like he does.” Or, “I want to respond to my enemies with the kind of grace that she does.” Or, “I wish I could consistently return good for evil like they do.”

If you want to envy something, don’t envy a person’s gifts, platform, or possessions. Covet the way they know the Lord and the way they exhibit Him in their treatment of others.  That is how you eradicate envy.

Charles Spurgeon once said
The cure for envy lies in living under a constant sense of the divine presence, worshiping God and communing with Him all the day long, however long the day may seem. True religion lifts the soul into a higher region, where the judgment becomes more clear and the desires are more elevated. The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet. The fear of God casts out envy of men.”


Pastor Derrick Phillips

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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


PayDay Is Coming!

Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house. Proverbs 24:27

I grew up in the pentectostal church and, growing up,  I remember the church members during devotion or testimony service sing “Put your time in…PayDay is coming afterwhile.”  It made me think of what that song really meant….We have all seen the results of hard work. We have seen people who have applied themselves to their work and their craft and seen the benefits that hard work yields. Many times seeing the things that have come from hard work can be incredibly inspirational, prompting us to redouble our efforts at our craft. We rightly believe that if we put in the time and the effort we too can reap the same types of rewards. We know that through diligence we can have the large house, the cars, the summer homes and maybe even the boat. So we plug along waiting to see the payoff or that Big Payday at the end of the hard work. The problem is sometimes we confuse the order of how the process works.

Sometimes we run into problems because we miss the process and only see the results. To have the end results others have you have to remember that they only got it at the end, not the beginning or the middle. They had worked, toiled and struggled to become successful before they got the trappings of success. Many times we become discouraged along the way because we are not seeing the results soon enough. Always remember that you can’t compare your beginning or middle to someone else’s end. When they were working to get where they are now, there was a time when they were exactly where you are right now.

Don’t get discouraged on the way to the end of the road. The process is designed for you to get the rewards at the end. We have to work on our craft, study hard, apply elbow grease and then begin to see the payoff. If we got the rewards in the middle we would never finish the process. So as you work, struggle and sacrifice to build something always remember what you are building now, will be how you get the rewards later on. You can rest assured…Payday is Coming!

Pastor Derrick Phillips

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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


The Missing Piece

“For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 8:25
There are times in life when we know we are going to be victorious. We know we have done everything in our power to ensure that we will walk away with the victory. We have studied, prepared, sacrificed and we know that we are on top of our game. We are prepared with a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and a contingency plan with each of those. We are confident, but not cocky, prepared but not over prepared, relaxed and ready for what we know will be the best day of our lives. With all of that we walk in and know in a few hours our goal will be achieved. The stars are aligned and we know how it is going to turn out, and then somehow it doesn’t go our way leaving us to ponder what went wrong.  Have you ever wondered, after all my preparation things still don’t go as I planned!!??

In all of our preparation, planning and plotting we often miss that nothing is ever a done deal until it is a done deal. Many times when we have done all we can we think that there is nothing left to do. No matter how hard we may try, the simple fact is there are things beyond our control. We can and must prepare, work, plan and sacrifice, but the missing ingredient in any true victory is the favor of the Lord. The true difference between victory and defeat in life is the favor of the Lord. We can do all that we are able to do but true victory will always rest in the hands of the Lord. God’s will added to our work is the missing ingredient in success.

On this Tuesday take the time to find the Lord before you find the plan. When you put the Lord first he blesses your labor, your struggle and your sacrifice because you begin to align your work with His will. When your work aligns with His will He gives you the missing piece of His favor. The favor of God is what makes the difference between equal proposals, equal resumes, and equal work. You can do all you can do, but there is alway something that only the Lord can do. So today, find your way to the Lord, and you will the missing piece, His favor.

Pastor Derrick Phillips

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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


Accept What God Allows

Good morning, I was reading the 11, 12 & 13th chapters of Job in my devotional time this morning.  I remember thinking to myself…Lord why am I reading this book?” Now if I was not obedient to His Sovereignty over my life I would have missed this blessing I am about to tell you of. It pays to LET GOD LEAD. A daily surrendered heart to the finished work at Calvary keeps God in the leadership position. It also keeps me engaged in a conqueror lifestyle.

Job’s life exemplifies the value of a consistent presence of HOPE. He lost everything -wife, kids, job, home, good health, friends etc. – with no prior warning. It just happened to him, one loss after another. To make matters worse, he had 3 associates coming to him with various ideologies that supposed the idea they knew why Job’s life fell apart. Throughout all of the hardships Job encountered, he maintained an attitude of HOPE and EXPECTANCY.

Now that seems pretty significant to me. I can understand the devastating blows life can hit you with. That can be severe in nature. Job is the prime example of how to ACCEPT WHAT GOD ALLOWS. You see ACCEPTANCE is the answer to all my problems. We have a glaring lesson in the book of Job that supports the thought. All of the loss Job sustained WAS ALLOWED BY GOD. There was a bigger picture available for us to understand. Job’s losses were directly related to a Spiritual lesson between God and the enemy. Job, his wife and children, all of Job’s associates mentioned in the book only had an awareness for what they could see – A LIMITED PERSPECTIVE AT BEST. Yet Job had the willingness to TRUST God in his uncertainty. Why? JOB KNEW GOD IS SOVEREIGN. This is the type of faith in God you must have, because many people will only see you from their perspective or level of experience or exposure for that matter!

There is a knowing that you must have that  stands on the word that the Apostle Paul wrote to the people at Corinth, in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

Pastor Derrick Phillips

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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Uncategorized


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